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Firefighters in Leicester have told people celebrating Diwali to call the service if they get a pan fire, and not to try and tackle it themselves.
The advice comes as Leicestershire Fire and Rescue gave a demonstration to parents at Mellor Primary School, to show them the dangers present during Diwali festivities.
Leicester Fire and Rescue have launched a safety campaign today to keep people out of harm during this year's festival celebrations.
They have issued a list of safety advice, which have been displayed on greetings cards, flyers and posted throughout the city:
- Never overfill your karahi with oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Never leave your karahi unattended with the heat switched on.
- Use only enough ghee for a diva to last your puja. Make sure it rests securely on a surface which will not melt or burn. At all times keep the flame at a safe distance from curtains, decorations, or clothing.
- Be discreet with your valuables/money and when wearing jewellery ensure it is not on show.
- When you go out, make sure you lock your doors and windows - even if you are going out for a short time. Consider using a timer switch for lights and a radio if you go out in the evening or overnight.
A Diwali safety campaign has been launched with a bang today in Leicester, as firefighters from Leicestershire Fire and rescue gave a demonstration as to what happens if water is put on hot oil in a pan.
The campaign has been launched to get make more people aware of dangers during Diwali celebrations.
A Diwali safety campaign has been launched today in Belgrave, in Leicester. The campaign includes the distribution of 12,000 greetings cards to homes across the city, to give out crime prevention advice and safety messages.
Flyers and posters with similar messages will also be given to schools and other community buildings to reinforce the message.
The launch of the campaign was marked with a demonstration of how to cook Diwali food safely. It was given by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to parents at Mellor Primary School.
A campaign to keep families safe during the Hindu festival of Diwali is being launched in Leicester today.
Parents at Mellor Primary will be shown how to cook safely.
12,000 greeting cards containing advice will also be delivered to homes in the city.
The cards contain crime prevention and safety messages which are translated into Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi.